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December, 2013


Music: “Blues People: Negro Music in White America” by LeRoi Jones was published by the William Morrow Company in 1963, although Jones completed the book in 1961. Comments (1)

Memory & Identity in Black America

Books: You’ve always prided yourself on being a good storyteller. Comment

Former consul launches ‘Jamaicans: Children Of God’

Books: Jamaicans poured into the Manhattan address of their nation’s consular to meet, greet and herald Dr. Basil K. Bryan who returned to New York City with a 550-page discography titled “Jamaicans: Children of God In The Promised Land.” Comment

Josiah Stewart writes about Union Island’s history

Books: A new book entitled “Union Island Then and Now,” will be released this December. The book will highlight the rich history of the island in sequential order dating back to the 1760s. Comments (1)

An evening stroll in winter

Books: “Dusk” by Uri Shulevitz Comment

Bolt launches ‘Faster Than Lightning’ book

Books: Usain Bolt is busier than ever. Since joining fellow Olympic champion sprinter Shelly Fraser Pryce in Monaco at the International Athletics Association Foundation awards where they both claimed top honors as the male and female athletes of the year, the fastest man on the planet bolted to Los Angeles, California to launch his book “Faster Than Lightning: My Autobiography.” Inside a downtown Santa Monica Puma store the Jamaican track and field legend greeted fans and signed copies of his newly published book. Comment

November, 2013

Vincentian pastor publishes first book

Books: After living abroad for 35 years, a prominent Vincentian pastor in Brooklyn has published his first book as he prepares to return to his homeland to spend his “Golden Years.” Comment

The life of a complicated comedy genius

Books: “Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him” by David Henry & Joe Henry Comment

October, 2013

Atlanta’s handsome black mayor’s dilemma

Books: “His Third Wife” by Grace Octavia Comment

Women artists use talents to change society

Books: “Harlem Nocturne: Women Artists & Progressive Politics During World War II” by Farah Jasmine Griffin Comment

New Testament to Reggae King

Music: More than 400 books have allegedly been written about Robert Nesta Marley, the Caribbean’s first superstar. Recently a documentary film about Marley made the point that his rejection by the white segment of his family inspired his song “Corner Stone.” Comment

September, 2013

Tosh bio finally sums up life of ‘Steppin’ Razor’

Music: A decade after the release of a film called “Steppin’ Razor: Red X” and one year after Jamaica honored Peter Tosh with the nation’s third highest award – the order of merit – his very first biography has been published. Comment

Brooklyn loves books and their writers

Books: “There are over a dozen Caribbean or Caribbean-Americans in this book fair,” beamed E. Wayne McDonald, artistic director of the Caribbean Cultural Theatre, as he finished up his conversation with Jamaican author Diana McCaulay outside of Brooklyn Borough Hall. Comment

Sister Betty Becton’s predicament

Books: The “Save the Date!” notices went out months before. Comment

August, 2013

Too Tall Foyle’ Launches Children’s Book

Books: Orlando, FL -----Former professional basketball player Adonal Foyle has not let his retirement from his illustrious 13-years career as an NBA player slow him down, in fact he is busier than ever with setting new heights of achievement for himself and his Kerosene Lamp Foundation, an organization that empowers children in the areas of athletics and academics. Comment

Edwidge Danticat reads at Revolution Books

Books: To a packed audience at Revolution Books in Manhattan last week, Edwidge Danticat read a preview excerpt from her newest book, “Claire of the Sea Light,” which will be released Aug. 27. Comment

July, 2013

Scandalous drama in ‘A Family Affair’

Books: The first time he laid eyes on her, your father thought your mother was the most beautiful girl in the world. Comment

Travelling down life’s unknown roads

Books: “Sister: An African American Life in Search of Justice” by Sylvia Bell White & Jody LePage Comment

Backpacks for Shelter Children

Books: A drive is on by Volunteers of America (VOA) to help thousands of children in New York City shelters fit in with their peers when they return to school after the sunmmer recess. Comment

Everybody schemes his or her way to trouble

Books: “Dirty Rotten Liar” By Noire Comment

‘Nelson Mandela’ - a story book for kids

Books: “Nelson Mandela” by Kadir Nelson Comment

June, 2013

Read All About It

Books: A new book on a massive visa-for-sale racket the U.S. State Department busted at its mission in Guyana 13 years ago has hit international newsstands, providing sordid details of how a Chicago-born former junior foreign service officer sold hundreds of visas to Guyanese including convicts and used a renegade police squad led by two government-favored senior police officers to kill or brutalize locals who had tried to expose him. Comments (2)

Rumors just too juicy to ignore

Books: “Rumor Central” by Reshonda Tate Billingsley Comment

Caribbean Book Fest for all ages

Books: Caribbean Cultural Theater promises an amalgam of creative expressions on June 30 when almost 30 talents present their work from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at St. Francis College, 182 Remsen St. (between Clinton & Court streets). Comment

Behind closed doors at a funeral home

Books: “Nine Years Under” by Sheri Booker Comment

The truth about inner-city fatherhood

Books: “Doing the Best I Can. Comment

Free Anancy Festival in Queens

Books: New York is included among the eight cities earmarked to be treated to this year’s free Anancy Festival. On June 15, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p. m. the Caribbean’s most-beloved, trickster will demonstrate his appeal to children when his folk tales are revealed at the Langston Hughes Branch, Queens Public Library at 10001 Northern Blvd. in Flushing. Admission is free. Comment

May, 2013

Taking care of business in the underworld

Books: For awhile there, you thought you were gonna die.Your head hurt. Your body ached, and your stomach was acting like a fresh-caught fish – but that didn’t matter much. Bills still needed paying and business needed attending. There was family to care for, work to do. Yes, you should’ve stayed horizontal but you came back from the dead - and so did Easy Rawlins. In the new novel “Little Green” by Walter Mosley, Easy’s recent demise never gave him but a moments rest. Comment

April, 2013

‘Colorism’ alive and spreading in America

Books: c.1992, 2013, Anchor Comment

Relationships in the African-American community

Books: “Where Did Our Love Go: Love and Relationships in the African-American Community,” edited by Gil L. Robertson, IV Comment

Dodging a bullet

Books: “Living and Dying Comment

March, 2013

Happy families have a plan

Books: “The Secrets of Happy Families” by Bruce Feiler Comment

Book fair offers more Chavez than books

Books: CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Near the entrance to Venezuela’s national book fair, an image of the late Hugo Chavez holding a can of paint in one hand and a brush in the other greets visitors. Beside him reads a bright-red message that has also been scrawled on walls all over the country: “I will be present in the struggle.” Comment

Jamaica’s handwriting expert -- ‘Bat Mitzvah Girl’

Books: Beverly East launched her third book here during a month-end reception signaling the end of Black History Month and the advent of Women’s History Month. Comment

February, 2013

‘Double Victory’

Books: “Double Victory” by Cheryl Mullenbach Comment

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